Religious Calendar

Academic Year Holidays and Religious Days of Special Observance
2017-2018 Academic Year 2018-2019 Academic Year Holiday or Observance Affiliation Notes
5/27/2017 # 5/15/2018 # Beginning of Ramadan # Islamic
6/22/2017 # 6/10/2018 # Laylat al Kadr Islamic
6/26/2017 # 6/14/2018 # Eid al-Fitr Islamic
8/15/2017 * 9/2/2018 * Janmashtami Hinduism
8/28/2017 8/27/2018 Instruction Begins
9/1/2017 sunset to 9/2/2017 sunset # 8/20/2018 sunset to 8/21/2018 sunset # Eid al-Adha # Islamic
9/4/2017 9/3/2018 Labor Day - No Classes National University Holiday
9/20/2017 sunset to 9/22/2017 sunset 9/9/2018 sunset to 9/11/2018 sunset Rosh Hashanah (New Year)* Jewish
9/29/2017 sunset to 9/30/2017 sunset* 9/18/2018 sunset to 9/19/2018 sunset* Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)* Jewish
9/30/2017 10/19/2018 Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) Hinduism
9/30/2017 sunset to 10/1/2017 sunset # 9/20/2018 sunset to 9/21/2018 sunset # Ashura # Islamic, Shia
10/4/2017 sunset to 10/11/2017 sunset * 9/23/2018 sunset to 9/30/2018 sunset * Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)* Jewish Primary Obligation Days Oct 5-6, 2017
10/11/2017 sunset to 10/13/2017 sunset * 9/30/2018 sunset to 10/2/2018 sunset * Shemini Atzert/ Simchat Torah* Jewish Primary Obligation Days Oct 11-13, 2017
10/19/2017 * 11/7/2018 * Diwali* Hinduism
11/12/2017 * 11/9/2018 Birth of Bha'u'llah* Baha'i
11/23/2017 11/22/2018 Thanksgiving - No Classes National University Holiday
11/24/2017 11/23/2018 Designated Holiday #1 University Except for Group B**
11/30/2017 sunset to 12/1/2017 sunset # 11/20/2018 sunset to 11/21/2018 sunset # Mawlid al-Nabi # Islamic
12/15/2017 12/14/2018 Last Day of Finals
12/12/2017 sunset to 12/20/2017 sunset 12/2/2018 sunset to 12/10/2018 sunset Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Commemorative - does not require absence from work
12/25/2017 12/25/2018 Christmas Observed National University Holiday
12/26/2017 to 1/1/2018 12/26/2018 to 1/1/2018 Kwanzaa Interfaith / African American Commemorative - does not require absence from work
12/26/2017 Designated Holiday #2 University
1/1/2018 1/1/2019 New Years Day Observed National University Holiday
1/7/2018 1/7/2019 Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christian Orthodox
1/15/2018 1/21/2018 Martin Luther King Day National University Holiday
1/16/2018 1/14/2018 Instruction Begins
2/14/2018* 3/4/2019* Maha Shivarti* Hinduism
2/28/2018 sunset to 3/1/2018 sunset 3/20/2019 sunset to 3/21/2019 sunset Purim Jewish
3/2/2018* 3/20/2019 sunset to 3/21/2019 sunset* Holi* Hinduism
3/26/2018 to 3/30/2018 3/25/2019 to 3/29/2019 Spring Break - No Classes University
3/30/2018 4/19/2019 Good Friday Christian
4/1/2017 4/21/2019 Easter Christian
3/31/2018 sunset to 4/1/2018 sunset* 4/20/2019 sunset to 4/21/2019 sunset* Passover (Pesach) - First Two Days* Jewish Primary Obligation Days Mar 31-Apr 1, 2017
4/6/2018 sunset to 4/7/2018 sunset* 4/26/2018 sunset to 4/27/2018 sunset* Passover (Pesach) - Last Two Days* Jewish Primary Obligation Days Apr 6-7, 2017
4/6/2018 4/26/2019 Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox Christian
4/8/2018 4/28/2019 Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian
4/13/2018 4/14/2019 Vaisakhi Sikh
4/29/2018 4/8/2019 Visakha Puja Buddhist
5/11/2018 5/10/2019 Last Day of Finals
5/20/2018 sunset to 5/21/2017 sunset* 6/8/2019 sunset to 6/10/2019 sunset* Shavuot* Jewish
5/21/2018 5/20/2019 Four Week Instruction Begins
5/28/2018 5/27/2019 Memorial Day National University Holiday
6/15/2018 6/14/2019 Four Week Session Ends
6/18/2018 6/17/2019 Eight Week Instruction
7/4/2018 7/4/2019 Independence Day National University Holiday
8/10/2018 8/9/2019 Eight Week Sessions Ends

This list is NOT all-inclusive and customs may use a variation of the dates listed. If a holiday is not listed, that does not mean the holiday is not observed.

Shabbat (Jewish) is observed every Friday from sunset until Saturday sunset.
* These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
** Group B – For employees working in the hospital, clinics, Office for the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, all departments under the Department of Facilities Management and Capital Programs, Environmental Health and Safety, Telecommunications Services, Facility and Space Planning, UIC Police Department, Campus Auxiliary Services, and Biological Resources Laboratory.
# Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but are based on the actual sighting of the moon and/or astronomical calculations, therefore there may be some variance by a day.